Awake

Ryan Szulc

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THE COLOUR OF SHADOW

THE COLOUR OF SHADOW

The Colour of Shadow is the book of landscape work created by Toronto photographer, Ryan Szulc. While often associated witih food photography, his talents and passions run deep, including striking work created over many years and various locations. 

When evaluating these images as a body of work one striking aspect was the colour palette – otherworldly, ethereal, emotional. Through closer observation, one realizes there are distinct palette similarities shared between several images, across disparate locations and time frames. Using the palette as a starting point, colour groupings were created which lead to an organic curation of imagery. The colour subtleties within groupings formed gradients which act in a narrative capacity. These gradient colour fields take the place of descriptions in order to create clear chapters and form comprehensive storytelling.

In distinct contrast to the pigment-rich pages of the book, the cover employs no ink at all and instead utilizes light, through the debossed treatment, to subtly bring the concept of shadow to life.